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Media: Bryan Goodman

Who We Are

The Science Advisory Council is an independent group of scientific experts who serve as advisors to the North American Flame Retardant Alliance. While they are affiliated with prestigious institutions, the SAC members speak on their own behalf, and their independent input is a key part of North American Flame Retardant Alliance and European Flame Retardant Association’s ongoing efforts to ensure quality, science-based information on flame retardants is available and utilized.

What We Do

The SAC reviews the quality and relevance of the scientific positions being taken by the scientific community, regulatory agencies, and non-governmental organizations. It also helps identify potential scientific studies that assess the efficacy and safety of flame retardants. The SAC’s feedback reflects its members’ own science-based views and not necessarily the views of the institutions with which they are affiliated.

The Science Advisory Council Members

Dr. Matthew Blais
Director, Fire Technology, Southwest Research Institute
Specialty: Fire Technology
Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Dr. Michael L. Dourson, DABT
Director, Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment Center, University of Cincinnati
Specialty: Toxicology
Ph.D. University of Cincinnati
Dr. A. Wallace Hayes, DABT, FATS, FIBiol, FACFE, ER
Visiting Scientist, Harvard School of Public Health 
Consultant, Spherix 
Specialty: Toxicology
Ph.D. Auburn University
Dr. Sam Kacew
Professor, University of Ottawa 
Speciality: Toxicology
Ph.D., ATS, University of Ottawa

Dr. Thomas Osimitz, DABT
Founder and Principal, Science Strategies, LLC
Specialty: Toxicology
Ph.D. Toxicology, University of Michigan 

Dr. Guillermo Rein 
Reader in Thermal Energy, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College of London
Specialty: Fire Technology  
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of California Berkeley
Dr. Jürgen Troitzsch
Founder and President, Fire and Environment Protection Services 
Specialty: Fire Technology
Ph.D. Aachen Technical University


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